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Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong - "West End Blues"

"I felt," said trumpeter Max Kaminsky after hearing Armstrong's recording, "as if I had stared into the sun's eye." A classic performance revisited by Alan Kurtz

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 Stan Getz

Stan Getz (with Woody Herman) - "Early Autumn"

This historic track helped boost tenorist Stan Getz to fame, and define the emerging sound of cool jazz in the late 1940s. Reviewed here by Ted Gioia

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 Charlie Parker

Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie Parker - "Salt Peanuts"

Charlie Parker shines, but Dizzy steals the show on this unforgettable 1945 performance of “Salt Peanuts.” Reviewed here by Ted Gioia

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 Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington - "A Tone Parallel to Harlem"

Duke Ellington pays tribute to Harlem in one of his most moving and ambitious extended compositions . Reviewed here by Ted Gioia

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 Freddie Hubbard

Freddie Hubbard - "Blues by Five"

Six months after the trumpeter’s death, this music from Hubbard’s 1969 European tour reminds us of his hard bop heroics. Reviewed here by Ted Gioia

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Miles Davis

Miles Davis - "My Ship"

"My Ship," helmed by arranger Gil Evans to a port of pure bliss, is possibly the most sublime four minutes in all of music. A classic performance revisited by Alan Kurtz

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 Enrico Pieranunzi

Enrico Pieranunzi - "Scarlatti Sonata K377 & Improv"

Enrico Pieranunzi’s reworking of Scarlatti is not your typical “jazzing the classics.” Reviewed here by Ted Gioia

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 Art Tatum & Ben Webster

Art Tatum & Ben Webster - "My Ideal"

Art Tatum was a virtuoso and sometimes a grandstanding accompanist, but Ben Webster brings out the best in the famous pianist. Reviewed here by Ted Gioia

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 Folk Art

Joe Lovano - "Powerhouse"

You can hear how much Joe Lovano enjoys playing with his band "Us Five" on this loose, swinging track from his 21st Blue Note release Folk Art. Reviewed here by Ted Gioia

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Five Peace Band

Five Peace Band - "In A Silent Way/It’s About That Time"

Chick Corea and John McLaughlin revisit a classic Miles song, and Herbie Hancock sits in. Reviewed here by S. Victor Aaron

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 Diana Krall

Diana Krall - "Too Marvelous for Words"

Diana Krall delivers a heartfelt interpretation of a standard from 1937 and makes it sound like it was composed this morning. Reviewed here by Ted Gioia

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Claudio Roditi

Claudio Roditi - "Tune Up"

“Tune Up” is a dog-eared jam session tune. But not on this stellar outing by trumpeter Roditi. Reviewed here by Bill Barnes

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